Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lost in the Mail.....

I've been quite anxious regarding the whereabouts of a little parcel which should have arrived here a week ago from The Netherlands! I signed up for the Christmas Ornament Swap last month along with my swap partner, Heleen from Dutch Colours. Heleen confirmed last week that the parcel I sent her arrived safe and sound, but alas, still nothing in my post box! :o(

I had been almost certain that the little parcel was lost in the rush of Christmas post, BUT, today the post-truck came and tucked a little surprise into my post box
! Yes, it was the little lost parcel!!! I hurried indoors as fast as I could to unwrap it!

See how pretty it was wrapped?! I almost couldn't bear to open it up...almost!!

What a cute little bird decorating the package!

Look at the beautiful Christmas trees!! A gorgeous stuffed tree ornament with
a sweet card to match!!! I'm so very happy with my lovely swap gift!!!

Thanks so very much, Heleen, for the wonderful orament and card! It's been a pleasure swapping with you! Also, thanks to Clare and Robyn for organizing this fun event!

I'll sign off now with some pictures of the "snow-scape" around our house today! Nothing like a fresh layer of the sparkly white stuff (AND a squishie in the mail!!) to brighten one's day!!!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Goodies from the Mail-Lady!!

Last week, I ordered these great Cinderberry Stitches patterns from Darlene at Bee Sew Whimsical. I was surprised to see them here so quickly! Natalie Lymer is such a talented designer...her stitcheries are just so joyful to work on!
Thanks, Darlene, for your fast and professional service!

And there was also the brand new copy of Quiltmaker magazine!!! I look forward to sitting with my cup of tea this evening and checking out all of the great patterns and ideas!

Here is a completed UFO from last year...a Scandinavian Christmas Heart, which I finally finished stitching together! I don't know why I lost interest in completing this pretty heart last season, but now it will finally be adorning my tree this year!

In the spirit of Christmas and giving, I like to have some charity blocks prepped and ready to work on during the month of December. We sometimes get so caught up in all the festivities that we lose sight of the real meaning of the season. This block is for the Danish Patchwork Association's project, Puttetæpper (roughly translated to Comfort Quilts) for children dealing with eating disorders. The project's goal is to promote self-esteem and healthy eating habits among these kids. This year is the 10th anniversary of the project.

I'm also working on a block for the raffle quilt, 65 Roses, to benefit the Australian Cystic Fybrosis Foundation. Charity has no borders for me, in fact I like to think of myself as a global citizen!!!

On that note, I'll sign off with a picture from Copenhagen's Town Square! The UN Global Climate Conference just kicked off today with a fantastic turnout from all over the world!

Let's hope we can get a deal on the table for the sake of our children's future!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hooked on Crochet!!

I've been doing some crocheting these "hooked" by the great tutorials out there in blogland!! This vest is inspired by Garniture, a wonderful blog and shop in Copenhagen. Here, you can buy lots of luscious shades of yarn, as well as retro fabric, gift items and just plain neat stuff!! Anyways, I couldn't resist creating this little vest and it's now for sale in my Etsy shop! I'm making more, as well!
I can't seem to stop!!!

If you've noticed my new crochet hook, it's from Clover. Using one of these is comparable to jumping into a Porsche after driving a Beetle! (no offense to Beetles, of course!) Why haven't I discovered these great crochet hooks a long time ago??!
The rest of the sizes are on my Santa list!!! ;o)

Last but not least, here are some of my little stars and trees from the Grandmother Tutorials from Michelle of The Royal Sisters! I was put on the trail of this cool blog by Lucy from Attic 24, another colourful and inspirational crochetist! (is that a word??!!)

In the meantime, my quilting hoop and knitting needles have started growing a bit of moss, but I'll be back to rescue them shortly!!!

Have a great Saturday evening, everyone!!!